April 19, 2006 Subject:
webpage is unclear
sorry but i clicked on every button on the page and wasnt able to run the lecture. just how DO you see the lectures?
June 19, 2005 Subject:
a^2+b^2=c^2 analyzed with eliptical curves
The sound intensity is horrible. Using my laptop alone it was impossible to hear. I had to plugin an external speaker system that had to be tuned up near full blast to hear, making my brain explode whenever I received an audio email alert.
The old guys lecture rocked. He brought out musical examples, and showed a cool "pizza" triangle trick. The lady just stood up and lectured for like 20 minutes and didn't get to anything too interesting until the very end.
After a few speakers finished some weird guy would sing an annoying, non-witty, math song.
Overall it's a bunch of mathmaticians talking about the properties of the pathagorean theorum most everyone is familiar with. They give a little mathematical insight as to how they went about proving fermats last theorum but then throw in some history of what this or that guy contributed in whatever year without giving much mathematical detail and delineate from their original lecture.
Since it's the official video with A class lectureres where an evil, evil math problem after centuries of trying is finally solved, it's worthy of the high score. The video itself is good quality but very low volume audio(perhaps an mp4 problem?). I'm sure it will be very boring to many people since much of it is history of mathematicians, timelines of people you don't know and their very very general history culminated throughout dry powerpoint lectures.
October 2, 2004 Subject:
Fermat's Last Theorem for the rest of us
This is a video of a "fermat fest" was made 5 weeks after the proof by andrew wiles was made public. It starts with a video of wiles made a couple of weeks after the famous lecture and includes famous mathemeticians going through simple ways to think about the theorem and its solution.
This is approachable by anyone and communicates the enthusiasm and thinking process in a field that is often opaque.